CCHD Invites District Residents to Come Get Their Flu Shot!

 

Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will be hosting nine flu clinics during the month of October 2018 amongst our four district towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. We invite you to come get your flu shot at one of the following clinics:

 

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday, October 2nd

Wethersfield Community Center

9 AM – 12 PM

Wednesday, October 3rd

Newington Senior & Disabled Center

9 AM – 12 PM

Wednesday, October 10th

Rocky Hill Community Center

9 AM – 12 PM

Thursday, October 11th

Berlin Community Center

9 AM – 12 PM

Saturday, October 13th

Newington High School

9 AM – 12 PM

Monday, October 15th

Wethersfield Community Center

2:30 PM – 6 PM

Tuesday, October 16th

Newington Senior & Disabled Center

2:30 PM – 6 PM

Wednesday, October 24th

Berlin Community Center

2:30 PM – 6 PM

Thursday, October 25th

Rocky Hill Community Center

2:30 PM – 6 PM

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Please bring your insurance card to the clinic to receive your vaccination at no cost to you.  We bill Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, Connecticare, United Healthcare Medicare plans, and Medicare part B insurances.  The cost for all others is $25.  No one will be denied vaccination for inability to pay.

 

CCHD will be utilizing our October 13th flu clinic to stage a POD (Point of Dispensing) Site customarily enacted in the event of a public health emergency through the Incident Command System (ICS). The simulation allows CCHD to examine and evaluate our medication/vaccination dispensing efficiency in a real world setting.

 

CCHD encourages all Connecticut residents to get their annual flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older, especially among at-risk populations with compromised (weakened) immune systems. Vulnerable populations susceptible to prolonged infection and influenza-related complications include adults over 65 years of age, children under five, pregnant women, and persons with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease & emphysema), heart disease (congestive heart failure & coronary artery disease), and diabetes.

 

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection affecting the nose, throat, and lungs that can cause mild to severe illnesses resulting in hospitalization, and can lead to death. In the United States, the CDC estimates that “influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010”. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle/body aches, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. Complications include viral and bacterial pneumonia, ear and/or sinus infections, and exacerbation of existing chronic medical conditions.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has implemented changes to 2018-2019’s influenza vaccine composition following the detection of influenza A(H3N2) as the predominant strain. Influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been associated with an increased rate of hospitalizations and deaths among persons aged 65 years and older. Persons aged 65 years and older typically account for about 90% of influenza-related deaths per season; thus given this year’s predominant strain and its associated clinical implications, CCHD strongly recommends flu vaccinations for CT residents, especially among the elderly.

 

Annual flu vaccination is the primary method to provide immunity against the influenza virus, mitigating illness and death caused by influenza-related complications. Despite recommendations, many people still do not receive an annual flu vaccination, consequently leaving a significant portion of the population vulnerable to infection.

 

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

 

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a twelve member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. Our central office is located in the Wethersfield Town Hall with satellite offices in Berlin, Newington, and Rocky Hill.

 

Media Contact:

Luis Pantoja

Health Educator

Central Connecticut Health District

761 Old Main Street

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Phone: (860) 258-2706

Fax: (860) 258-2767

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